With so many designers and trends targeting svelte body of twenty-something, is it possible to look fashionable as years pass and your body begins to tell tale?
In fact, with a little ingenuity and sleigh-of-hand, it's easy to be fashionable and stylish regardless of how many candles are on your birthday cake.
Now let's be frank: unless you work out religiously, you probably don't have same body at 40, 50, or 60 that you did at 25. Time, gravity, and pregnancy all take their toll on female body, as does menopause. And when you mix a mature body with fashions obviously made for a younger person, it can lead to self-doubt, frustration, and confusion.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Getting older also means getting wiser, and like a fine bottle of wine, you're improving with age. So you don't have same body as those twenty-somethings you see in magazines or on TV. So what? Would you REALLY trade everything you've learned since your twenties for body you had back then? Probably no sooner than you'd like to re-live puberty, thank you very much.
So how can you be fashionable without wearing all those body-conscious clothes so en vogue these days? By remembering "3 C's" when you dress: clean, classic, and coverage.
Clean lines create a clean silhouette which makes body appear more youthful by skimming trouble spots instead of calling attention to them. Complicated cuts, seams, and details usually call for a killer body to pull off, so if you haven't got it, steer clear of those styles.
Classic styles are called classic because they remain in style year after year. Why? Because they look good on so many bodies! Sheathes, A-line skirts, flat front pants - all tend to flatter a variety of shapes. What's more, because they remain in style year after year, classics are easier on budget than trends.
Covering appropriately is key to aging gracefully. If your upper arms, thighs, and décolletage have all seen better days, it's time to cover them up a bit instead of sharing wear-and-tear with world. Now I'm not talking about draping yourself in a tent for rest of your life. Far from it. I'm talking about wearing short sleeves instead of going sleeveless, Capris instead of shorts, and modest necklines instead of plunging necklines.